James White (English politician)

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James White (1809 – 9 January 1883)[1] was a British Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1857 and 1874.[2]

White was the second son of William White of Tulse Hill, Surrey and his wife Susannah née Weeks.[2] He was educated privately.[3] He was merchant in the City of London, principally engaged in trade with China.[2] From 1835 to 1851, he was an alderman of the City.[2][3] In 1833he married Mary Lind.[2]

At the 1857 general election White was elected as one of the two Members of Parliament (MPs) for Plymouth, but he lost the seat two years later at the 1859 general election.[4] In July 1860 he was elected at a by-election as an MP for Brighton.[5] He held the seat until his defeat at the 1874 general election.[4]

White died at his residence in South Kensington, London in 1883 at the age of 73.[2]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roundell Palmer
Robert Collier
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
With: Robert Collier
Succeeded by
Viscount Valletort
Robert Collier
Preceded by
William Coningham
Sir George Brooke-Pechell, Bt
Member of Parliament for Brighton
With: William Coningham to 1864
Henry Moor 1864–1865
Henry Fawcett from 1865
Succeeded by
James Lloyd Ashbury
Charles Cameron Shute